Bun Ho (Beef with Fine Rice Noodles)

Bun Ho (Beef with Fine Rice Noodles)
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Food plays a big role in a Vietnamese funeral. To prepare the deceased for the journey, at the wake the mouth is kept open so visitors can drop in grains of rice. Mourners bring a bowl of rice to place on top of the coffin so that by the end of the wake, there will be so much weight on top that the devil will not be able to get into the coffin. On the 49th and 100th days after the death, the family gathers to remember the deceased with a special meal; bun ho often fits the bill.

In the book Death Warmed Over: Funeral Food, Rituals, and Customs From Around the World learn how 75 different cultures from various countries and religions around the world use food in conjunction with death in ritualistic, symbolic, and even nutritious ways.

Photo Modified: flickr/ goodiesfirst

4
Servings
549
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 6  Ounces  rice noodles
  • clove garlic, minced
  • medium onion, sliced thin
  • inches of lemongrass root, thinly sliced
  • 1  Teaspoon  salt
  • 1  Teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 4  Tablespoons  nuoc mam (fish sauce)
  • 1  Pinch of  sugar
  • 1  Pound  sirloin steak, thinly sliced
  • 2  Tablespoons  peanut oil
  • 1/2  Cup  mung bean sprouts
  • 2  Cups  salad greens
  • 1/2  medium cucumber, finely chopped
  • small bunch mint leaves
  • 4  Tablespoons  chopped peanuts

Directions

Cook the rice noodles in boiling water for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, onion, lemongrass, salt, pepper, half the nuoc mam, and sugar. Mix well. Place the beef into the sauce and marinate for half an hour.

In a large saucepan, heat the oil in skillet and fry beef to desired doneness. Place a quarter of the bean sprouts, salad greens, cucumber, and mint into each of 4 individual soup bowls, and top with rice noodles. Add the cooked meat to each bowl. Drizzle remaining nuoc mam over each bowl, add chopped nuts, and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
25g
36%
Sugar
2g
2%
Saturated Fat
10g
42%
Cholesterol
131mg
44%
Carbohydrate, by difference
35g
27%
Protein
46g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
10µg
1%
Vitamin B-12
3µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
3mg
4%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
184mg
18%
Choline, total
33mg
8%
Fiber, total dietary
1g
4%
Folate, total
50µg
13%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
66mg
21%
Niacin
8mg
57%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
375mg
54%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
38µg
69%
Sodium, Na
1554mg
100%
Water
197g
7%
Zinc, Zn
8mg
100%

Bun Shopping Tip

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Bun Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chili peppers as well as sugar and garlic.